JV/Frosh Warriors get win
By Sparta Live | August 29, 2013 12:00 am
The junior varsity/Freshman Warrior football team opened their season Monday at Stone Memorial and came away with the 22-13 victory.
For almost the entire first two quarters, the defenses controlled the game. The teams exchanged punts early and then each turned the ball over on downs. WCHS did force a fumble and Malik Murray recovered for the Warriors.
With 15 seconds left in the first half, the Panthers scored from a yard out on fourth down. They added the extra point and took a 7-0 lead.
That would last all of 15 seconds.
Jake Shockey fielded the kick off, broke through a hole opened up by his teammates and raced 70 yards to the end zone as time expired on the first half. Chris Richmond ran in the two-point conversion and the Warriors took the 8-7 advantage into the intermission.
On the first play of the second half, Richmond broke a 6-yard run, but the offense stalled there and actually moved backwards. They would turn the ball over on downs at the 40-yard line.
Trenton Hodges gave the Warriors a little breathing room when he plunged in for the quarterback keeper from the one-yard line with 9:08 to play in the contest. The two-point conversion was stopped short, but WCHS led 14-7.
The Warrior defense held again and forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs. With 5:44 left in the game, Hodges connected with Tyler Brock from 18 yards out. Brock made the catch with defenders hanging all over him and fell into the end zone for the score. Shockey added the two-point conversion stretching the lead to 22-7.
The Panthers fumbled on their ensuing possession with Kolter Howard recovering for the Warriors. WCHS would turn the ball over on downs on their next possession. Stone added a 60-yard touchdown pass with just over two minutes left in the game for the final of 22-13.
The JV/Freshman team will return to action Monday, September 9th, when they host Jackson County at 6 p.m.